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Another Simple Woman’s Daybook.

August 31, 2010 - 6:50 pm No Comments

It’s Tuesday!

FOR TODAY
Outside my window… people are whistling in the street, the neighbor can be heard yelling about who knows what, and someone is moving into the other apartment next door.
I am thinking… that I am awfully hungry! Come on, Pops!
I am thankful for… a day off on a Tuesday. Sweet!
From the kitchen… I just had a snack of grapes to hold me over until dinner at the Hub.
I am wearing… a denim sundress under a yellow cardigan, with brown tights and brown Mary Janes.
I am creating… NOTHING! I think I’m in a slump, y’all!
I am going… to DINNER!! :P
I am reading… Green Barbarians: Live Bravely on your Home Planet by Ellen Sandbeck.
I am hoping… that tomorrow goes much better at work than yesterday did.
I am hearing… a baby next door? Kinda odd.
Around the house… the puppies are napping at my feet.
One of my favorite things… is FALL! Today is the last day of August, and I am SO EXCITED!
A few plans for the rest of the week: I’m thinking about trying to see The Girl Who Played With Fire this weekend.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…


I think I should start a photo series of cell phone pictures taken of me being lazy on my couch. Oh. Wait. I think I already have!

And so it begins!

August 30, 2010 - 11:12 pm No Comments

Oh, you guys! I am so excited! Tomorrow is the last day of August, and then it is September, which ushers in my favorite time of year! The months of September through December are the best, my absolute favorites. The only thing that stresses me out even remotely about this time of year is that it marks the beginning of what I like to call “The Birthday Season”, which growing up I began in October, followed by Brother in November, Pops in December, Other Brother in January, and my mom in February. Add to the mix Grandma in October and Joe in November, plus the Christmas shopping, and things can get a little spendy.

And let’s not kid ourselves. Pops pretty much gets screwed, because his birthday is like, a week before Christmas. I always say I’m gonna plan ahead, but don’t start buying anything until November, and then I get so stressed that I start buying anything, price be darned! But this year? I just bought my first present. My goal is to be done with Christmas by the Halloween. I wanted to say by my birthday, but that may be a bit ambitious? I’m getting ready to start the running list of gifts on my desktop.

Angela is flying back home tonight, and I’m thrilled to have my partner in crime back to celebrate fall with me. Love shorter days, longer nights, crisp air, and pumpkin spice lattes! Sweet!

cranial diarrhea

August 29, 2010 - 9:36 pm 1 Comment

* I have eaten 5 Luna bars today (in addition to regular meals), and I totally feel like puking and/or exploding. However, I also am seriously fighting the urge to get up and start a bowl of Snoqualmie Falls Lodge oatmeal, my favorite breakfast food on earth.

* I have spent the entire evening on the couch, watching Seasons 1 and 2 of Supernatural, in no sensible order (with the exception of a brief hour long date with Trueblood). This is my favorite way to spend a Sunday when the weather starts to turn cool. In my jammies, on the couch, watching Sammy and Dean yell at each other and fight dead things. Oh fall, how I’ve missed you!

* Recently I saw this movie:

It was really good, and I told my mom that she and my grandma need to go see it. Grandma, you guys will like it!

* Today I went to the Gap and bought two new cardigans for work this fall, and two pairs of tights. The tights were each $2! Awesome.

* I’m kind of excited to go to work tomorrow, for no other reason than I really enjoy the people I work with. Sweet!

* I really wish that all you bloggers also blogged on the weekends, because the only thing that would make these slow weekends at home better would be the ability to leisurely read all my blogs during the day.

* I went out last night for the first time in years with my old roommate and her friend, and had a blast. I got hit on by a bicyclist in a bar, and just really enjoyed being out of the house with people for the first time in ages. It was a lot of fun. I need to do that more often. It was especially fun to see some people who I haven’t hung out with since my very early 20s. Like 21.

* Stressing about money. What else is new?

* Seriously. Five Luna bars? What was I thinking?

Bored, so we do this again.

August 27, 2010 - 9:24 pm 1 Comment

I think that this is becoming sort of a copout for when I want to blog, but have nothing to say.

FOR TODAY
Outside my window… it’s getting dark earlier, and is starting to feel like fall.
I am thinking… about junk food. Just keeping it real, guys.
I am thankful for… some positive changes that are afoot.
From the kitchen… I’m looking forward to some Snoqualmie Falls oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast tomorrow morning!
I am wearing… toe socks with frogs on them, flannel bunny rabbit pajama bottoms and Brother’s GHHS Speech and Debate ’03-’04 hoodie.
I am creating… some ideas for sewing a Kindle cover for a coworker.
I am going… to lay low this weekend.
I am reading… same as the other day, Belle in the Big Apple by Brooke Parkhurst, and also my newest Vogue. LOVE.
I am hoping… to finally drop those last few pounds before my birthday.
I am hearing… Supernatural on TV.
Around the house… things are cleaner (except the bedroom. Need to vacuum and make the bed. And do laundry!)
One of my favorite things… are lazy evenings in. Can’t wait till Angela’s back in town, to bum around with me.
A few plans for the rest of the week: hoping to get back on the fitness bandwagon with my workout plan.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

Huh.

August 27, 2010 - 5:56 pm No Comments

I was driving home from work this evening, and as I was getting off the freeway “Sex on Fire” by the Kings of Leon came on the radio. I listened to that album a lot last summer, and so often when I hear Kings of Leon now it reminds me very much of how I felt during that time. I didn’t realize it then, but when I hear the album I am filled with a pervasive sense of loneliness. My next door neighbors had just moved out, and my building was a really quiet place to be.

And then the neighbors moved in, full of noise and party and attitude. And I complain, cause man. They can be really loud.

And I realized on my way home that I felt really lonely at home last summer, but I don’t anymore. The noisy neighbor’s loud yelling and ranting actually adds something to my existence.

Who knew?

Internet Confession

August 26, 2010 - 5:13 pm 1 Comment

Internet, I have a confession to make, for no other reason than I think it’s funny.

Sometimes in the mornings, before I get dressed for work?

I walk the dogs around the neighborhood wearing nothing but a trench coat and a pair of underwear, because I’m too lazy to get dressed twice.

I know. Weird, right?

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

August 24, 2010 - 6:13 pm No Comments

FOR TODAY
Outside my window… it’s a sunny day out, but the blinds are closed anyway. I’m feeling reclusive.
I am thinking… that I can’t wait for cooler weather!
I am thankful for… the fact that I did NOT fall asleep behind the wheel on the way home from work this evening.
From the kitchen… I am back on my diet, and microwaving a Healthy Choice. Salisbury Steak, mmmmm….
I am wearing… red cropped sweatpants and a gray tank top.
I am creating… a sleep deficit that will only get worse if I don’t stop staying up till midnight.
I am going… to bed early this evening.
I am reading… Belle in the Big Apple: a novel with recipes by Brooke Parkhurst.
I am hoping… for lots of things, but nothing I’m putting up here!
I am hearing… Trueblood on TV.
Around the house… the dogs are being total idiots!
One of my favorite things… is an evening at home, especially in the fall.
A few plans for the rest of the week: work, work, work.

Some books, and a mini weekend recap.

August 22, 2010 - 4:06 pm 1 Comment

I’ve been living in a sort of chaos over the last week or so. My house is an utter mess, with clothes piled up on the floor of my closet in a way they haven’t been since I was in junior high school. I couldn’t handle it. Bah. Dishes piling up, furniture displaced (so I can do my p90x), and it’s hard to relax in that environment. I find that my house is generally more cluttered either when I am not reading at all, or am reading a book that doesn’t really inspire me.

I had been reading Falling is Like This by Kate Rockland, and was ambivalent about it at best, and irritate by it most of the time. My biggest complaint is that the timeline of her story is all messed up. For example, the main character tells us she has been dating her boyfriend that she has just broken up with for the last two years. And then she tells me that her boyfriend prior used to enjoy watching Jersey Shore on TV. This is chronologically impossible. Also, she is supposed to be 23 in present day, but talks about watching Weezer’s music video for Buddy Holly while she is in highschool. I am 27, and that video was on TV when I was in middle school. There were so many errors like this that I had a hard time enjoying the book, because hello! Get your facts straight, woman! And finally, the fact that Rivers Cuomo, frontman for Weezer, is a semi significant character in her book, who the main character forms a meaningful friendship with made it feel like I was reading someone’s fanfiction off the internet. It was pretty much terribly written, and incredibly Mary Sueish, and I could not stand it.

Today, however, prompted a deep clean of the apartment, and that had a lot to do with the book I just started. It started out kinda overcast and chilly, very fall weather, and was the perfect day to start reading The Boy With The Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu. This dreamlike fairytale is the perfect book to read in bed on an overcast day while listening to Putumayo Presents: Paris. The author is in a french band, and wrote the book to tell the story of one of his albums. I really want to find the album, now. I just started the book this morning, and I’m already halfway through it.

*****

Lady Gaga was last night. I went with Other Brother, and we had a good time. I got this tshirt:

based on this song:

Semi Precious Weapons opened for Gaga, and put on a truly fantastic glampunkrock kind of show.

Lady Gaga was a lot of fun. The sets were innovative, and she’s an engaging performer. We had GA tickets, and stood in a crowd in front of the stage. Other Brother almost got hit by some annoying girl’s drunk boyfriend, but two other gay men intervened, punched him in the mouth, while protecting us girls in the area. It was hilariously dramatic, but a good time was had by all.

We took the light rail from my neighborhood to the Tacoma Dome, which was wonderful because I didn’t have to pay to park, or drive home, and it was free! I can’t wait to start utilizing that a lot more in my life.

Some post concert pictures:

Motivation!

August 19, 2010 - 10:11 pm No Comments

So I came home from work today thinking I wanted to DO something! I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed with my life right now, and I’m on a mission to make some changes, for my own sanity. It has to happen. So I set up my four goals, including completing the p90x workout, which was recommended to me by Brother. I got the dvds, and went to Target. I bought a little dry erase weekly calendar in the back to school section, and put the schedule for the first three weeks on it.

The DVDs were downloaded, though, and were in some sort of zipped format, so I had to figure out how to open them to do it, and dang I’m lazy. I was lying on the couch instead, when I got a call from Brother. I told him I was being lazy, and he had me get on the floor, which he also did in his hotel room in Waikiki, and he talked me through some core strengthening exercises he does in the Marines. I thought it was super sweet, so I didn’t cheat at all, even though I technically could have! :P

I figured out how to watch the discs on my computer, and am waiting for Other Brother to finish watching Jersey Shore and leave, so I can do the first day’s workout, Core Synergistics. Yay….

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

August 18, 2010 - 6:35 pm No Comments

The Simple Woman’s Daybook.

FOR TODAY
Outside my window… it’s sunny out, but cool enough that the patio door is closed.
I am thinking… that I am SO disappointed that my vacation has come to a close.
I am thankful for… an eventful, but overall really good vacation. And also that Brother is in Hawaii, and I can call him anytime I want. Until next week, when he goes back, God bless him.
From the kitchen… I had a salad made with the produce I got from Angela’s delivery, including the most delicious looking tomato I’ve ever seen.
I am wearing… a brown tshirt and a pair of gray “lounging pants” from American Eagle. (LOL, Other Brother!)
I am creating… I’m searching for ideas to alter my ginormous Lady Gaga tshirt so that it will fit for the concert on Saturday.
I am going… back to work tomorrow. Such a bummer.
I am reading… Falling is Like This by Kate Rockland.
I am hoping… that this melancholy feeling disappears quite soon.
I am hearing… Supernatural Season 1 on my DVD player. Thanks, Angela!
Around the house… I think we’re finally beginning to eradicate the flea problem. But I need to vacuum tomorrow.
One of my favorite things… are lazy days off, and time to take baths, which I am about to go do.
A few plans for the rest of the week: work Thursday and Friday, and then Lady Gaga on Saturday. Sunday is all about resting at home.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…